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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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Palm Cove, Australia
Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the fun and thrills of a half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Barron River, located just 20 minutes north of Cairns. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics as you raft through stunning terrain, including highlights such as Barron Falls. Your expert guide provides all necessary rafting equipment and paddling instruction for the 2-hour rafting trip, you simply bring clothes that can get wet. No experience needed for this fun and safe rafting excursion. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
  • Feel the rush of white water rafting on this half-day tour from Cairns
  • 2-hours rafting through Barron Gorge National Park
  • Safety equipment including spray jackets, helmets and life jackets
  • Rapids are graded to 3, perfect for beginners
  • English-speaking informative and enthusiastic river guides
  • Hotel pick up and drop off from centrally located Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels
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Professional river guide
Transport by private vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
All rafting equipment (except shoes)
Coffee and/or Tea
Photos and DVD's (available for purchase)
Rafting shoes (available to hire)
$30 per person levy is payable direct on day of travel

Departure Point

1: Lake Placid Road, Lake Placid Rd, Kamerunga QLD 4870, Australia
2: Palm Cove, Palm Cove, Cairns Region, Queensland
3: Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from any Cairns City accommodation. Guests are more than welcome to make their own way to Lake Placid Park (self drive).

Meet your river guides at the Lake Placid Carpark, near the Caravan Park.

Guests will be collected from Northern Beaches accommodation and taken to the starting point of the tour.

Guests will be collected from Cairns accommodation and taken to the starting point of the tour.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After hotel pickup in Cairns or the Northern Beaches, transfer to the river where your guide welcomes you.

Receive a safety briefing and get outfitted with the provided gear, including life jackets, helmets and paddles. Then learn paddling basics from professional guide, before hopping in your raft for a thrilling ride through Barron Gorge National Park.

As you glide through calmer sections, admire the surrounding World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics and hear about regional animal life, plants and highlights such as Barron Falls. The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway also traverse sections of the gorge.

Expect to get wet when you go through rapids with colorful names such as Rooster Tail and Cheese Churn. This section of the Barron River is rated as grade three, which means that the waves can measure approximately 3–6 feet (1–2 meters) and passengers need to hold on at times in rapids. Bring sturdy shoes that can get wet, swimsuit and towel, plus dry clothes to change into after your trip.

After your 3.5-hour rafting trip, your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Children aged 12-18 years require a Parents or Guardians counter signature on waiver form
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Raging Thunder White Water Rafting

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns.

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Laughing, screaming and having enormous fun!
Erin_K
, Sep 2021
What a fabulous afternoon!! I’d only rafted on the Tully previously, and went for the Barron River as it was a lower grading and I was going with my 13 year old son. Wow!! It was SO much fun! Would highly recommend- though be prepared to maybe get wet/tipped into the water. Not for the faint hearted - but not as adrenaline inducing as the Tully.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Great to hear you had a fab time white water rafting on the Barron River! Thanks very much for traveling with us and for your wonderful feedback! :-)
star-5
Heart pumping rapids - lots of laughs!
Katrina_C
, Sep 2021
Easy booking online. Great communication on where and when to meet. Great equipment and safety briefing. Experienced guides. Amazing rapids.....so much fun for entire family. Very impressive experience - would definitely do it again.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for your wonderful feedback, we're stoked to hear what an awesome time you had rafting on the Tully River! Thanks for traveling with us, we hope to see you again some time! :-)
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5 star
Kim_S
, Aug 2021
Was an unreal experience and had the best time Christian the guide was so much fun and had heaps of knowledge
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Great to hear what an unreal time you had rafting with Kristian! Thanks for traveling with us and sharing your awesome feedback! :-)
star-4
Fun Adrenaline Pump
K_D
, Jul 2021
Overall it was a really enjoyable experience. The rapids were really fun and the bus picked us up on time. Our guide Jordan was very knowledgeable and made the trip safe while also pumping the adrenaline. Some downsides: - The hidden river levy ($30 per person), this is not included when booking online and is collect on the bus - you’re required to carry the raft back out of the water up the hill at the end. - some of the guides/staff need to work on personal hygiene with increased use of deodorant especially when working in close proximity to other people.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Good to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip with Jordan, thanks for traveling with us! :)
star-5
Best memories and laughter ever!
Joan_C
, Jun 2021
Justin our guide was a legend and got us through the rapids with ease and so much fun. All the staff were wonderful, the equipment was good, the views were stunning and safety was a priority.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your Barron Rafting trip with Justin and the crew, great to hear! Thanks for traveling with us :)
star-4
White water rafting
Suzanne_F
, May 2021
Sarah was a fantastic guide. Great afternoon had by all. The rapids were great for the kids first white water rafting experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for letting us know you and your kids had a fantastic time white water rafting with Sarah, we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback :)
star-5
Amazing experience
Wheny_b
, Apr 2021
Amazing experience. Sarah made it easy to understand how not to capsize or run into a boulder without killing ourselves. :) Really enjoyed our time and we will be back. Thanks Sarah Wheny and Darryl
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for your wonderful feedback Wheny and Darryl, great to hear how much you enjoyed your Barron River Rafting trip with Sarah! :)
star-5
Exciting but not dangerous
Fan
, Jan 2021
The tequila guy is super experienced and highly recommended. We very much enjoy being able to raft with him
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks for letting us know you had a great day rafting with our crew!
star-5
Super fun!!
WKC555
, Sep 2019
This was a last minute booking but so glad we did it! The company was very responsive to our inquiries and made everything very easy. Well organized and our guide - Sammy was great! Navigated the raft expertly and made sure we got the full experience. Definitely recommend doing this!!
star-5
great company... safe...
Dior b
, Nov 2017
great company... safe.. informative... staff are funny... photos are excellent as well.. thrilling.. will be trying the next grade next time with them

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